Otto van Veen

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Otto van Veen
Fortuna non mutat genus
Brush and gray and light brown oil, and pen and brown ink; on a paper prepared with a light brown ground of lead white tinted with yellow-brown ochre and a little red in oil medium.
7 1/8 x 5 3/4 inches (181 x 146 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
Van Veen Album, folio 74

Inscribed on the album page below the design, in brown ink, "Fortúna non mútat genús (title)/ Coeca fove indignos fors, út lúbet, et túa dona/ Simia ne maneat simia, non facient" (Blind, she favors the unworthy, but your gifts cannot change a monkey). The title is from Horace, "Epodes", 4, line 6. According to the 1607 "Emblemata", the other lines are a quotation from Domincius Lampsonius.

Charles Fairfax Murray (1849-1919), London and Florence; from whom purchased through Galerie Alexandre Imbert, Rome, in 1909 by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913), New York (no mark; see Lugt 1509); his son, J. P. Morgan, Jr. (1867-1943), New York.

Netherlandish drawings of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries and Flemish drawings of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in the Pierpont Morgan Library / Felice Stampfle ; with the assistance of Ruth S. Kraemer and Jane Shoaf Turner. New York : The Library, 1991, p. 90, no. 186.


Watermark: since the drawings are laid down, no watermarks, if any, are visible, even with fiber-optic light.
Engraved in reverse, 1607.
Also see records on Van Veen Album (III, 146-157).

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